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Xanax And Dramamine For Flying?

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I have to fly from nj to fl on july 28th, and I am afraid of flying. I have flown once before, and hated it. Not only am I afraid to fly in general, but I am terrified of heights and am a bit claustrophobic. I have xanax (.5mg) that I will need to take to weather this almost 3 hour flight. But, I also tend to get motion sickness too, and was wondering if I could also take dramamine? Has anyone out there taken both xanax and dramamine when flying? And to add to this, I also have sinus problems and the last time I flew my ears were in misery for an entire day after landing, so I was wondering if I should take a sudafed too, to try to head off any problems with my ears. But is it ok to take sudafed, dramamine, and a xanax? Was wondering if anyone could help....
Thanks!
Debbie
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replied July 15th, 2005
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to Debbie
I take 1 to 2 mg of xanax and a dramamine when I go on cruises everytime. I'm not sure about the sudafed. I would probably avoid that. Some medications increase anxiety. When I fly, I only take xanax and that knocks me out enough that I don't feel the motion of the plane. But, I think it would be fine to use both for flying. You may want to call a pharmacist to make sure.
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replied July 15th, 2005
Thanks crystal! I definitely need the xanax.... I won't do without that! But I just wasn't sure if I could combine it. I have read somewhere that people have taken both for flying or boat travel, but I wanted to be sure and hear it from personal experience. I wasn't sure about the sudafed with them though, and I know that sudafed can sometimes have an "excitable" effect, and at other times it can cause drowsiness. I think I have taken it within an hour or so of a xanax before though and had no ill effects. Thanks again,
debbie
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replied July 15th, 2005
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Sounds Good!
Sounds like you have it all set. I agree with you, I would definitely need the xanax most of all. If I had to choose between the 3, xanax it is! (smile) but, sounds like a good idea to take the sudafed before to get it in your system. I find what helps me is to take the xanax a half hour to an hour before I get on the plane. Oh, another thing that helps for me is to hold the hand of the person next to me during take off and landing, even if I don't know him/her. Ha!

Good luck, let me know how it goes.
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